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verb     prey pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepreying
past tensepreyed
past participlepreyed


phrasal verb

prey on

or prey upon

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyprey on
he/she/itpreys on
present participlepreying on
past tensepreyed on
past participlepreyed on
  1. 1
    prey on/upon someone to harm someone who is weak or cannot defend themselves

    The gang has been preying on foreign tourists.

  2. 2
    prey on/upon something to hunt another creature in order to eat it


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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